Moving Out of State and Car Insurance
Tips for Switching Insurance if You are Moving Out of State
Moving to a new state almost always requires switching car insurance policies. States have different laws, and insurance agents are usually only licensed in the state in which they live. Moving to a new state is not an easy task in general, and you certainly need to be organized. When it comes to switching your car insurance in particular, it is important to have a plan.
What You will Need to Switch Car Insurance
Anytime you are shopping for car insurance, it is a good idea to start with your declaration page. It will give your prospective agent an idea of where to start. Coverage may differ in your new state. It is important to be aware of any differences. Your potential new agent should explain the laws of your new home state.
Where to Start Shopping after Moving Out of State
If you are moving to an unfamiliar state, you may not know where to start looking for car insurance. A good place to begin your search is with your current insurance agent. Your current agent should be able to look up other agents in your new location who sell insurance through the same insurance carrier.
Your current insurance carrier might not offer insurance in your new location, but it is worth a try. If you are moving to an area where you have friends and family, you should certainly ask for recommendations from them. Many large workplaces are also able to recommend car insurance agents as well, especially if a large percentage of their workers drive to and from work.
Moving out of state is also a good time to get multiple quotes from different insurance carriers. If you have to switch anyway, you might as well look around to compare insurance companies in your new area. Check online to see what is available in your immediate area. Checking the local phone book, or talking with your new neighbors to get a referral are also good ways to find a new agent. You’ll also notice that some small insurance companies only operate in certain states rather than nationwide, and many of these companies offer competitive prices and great customer service.
Deadline to Switch after Moving Out of State
When organizing a big move to another state, you might be wondering how long you have to switch your car insurance. Different states have different rules, but switching insurance to your new state should be completed as soon as possible. If your insurance carrier in your old state, knows about your move, they could set your policy up for cancellation without telling you. A good rule of thumb for a deadline is whichever comes first, your insurance renewal, or your license plate renewal.
Making the Policy Switch
Once the new insurance policy is in place, you will need to contact your old insurance agent if you have not already done so. This communication is a good time to change your address as well. Why? Well, updating your home address will ensure you receive a refund check if one is warranted and sent by your old insurance company. It is always a good idea to request cancellation once you are done with an insurance policy.
Moving to another state brings about a lot of changes. Take time to get settled before stressing out about your car insurance. It is important to understand the laws in your new state and choose an insurance company that is a good fit for you and your family.
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